penetrate
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penetrate
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to pierce)
a. penetrar
Bullets cannot easily penetrate this material.Las balas no pueden penetrar este material fácilmente.
b. traspasar
The spear penetrated the knight's armor.La lanza traspasó la armadura del caballero.
2. (to gain entrance to)
a. penetrar en
These ads will help us penetrate the American market.Estos anuncios nos ayudarán a penetrar en el mercado estadounidense.
b. entrar en
The company needs a strategy to penetrate new markets.La empresa necesita una estrategia para entrar en nuevos mercados.
c. introducirse en
The brand hopes to penetrate younger markets with a new line of products.La marca espera introducirse en mercados más jóvenes con una nueva línea de productos.
3. (to infiltrate)
a. infiltrarse en
Our agents have penetrated the terrorist organization.Nuestros agentes se han infiltrado en la organización terrorista.
4. (to understand)
a. penetrar (mystery)
God's plan is a mystery that cannot be penetrated.El plan de Dios es un misterio que no se puede penetrar.
b. penetrar en (mind, thoughts)
I don't know what he's thinking. I can't penetrate his mind.No se qué está pensando. No puedo penetrar en su mente.
5. (in sexual intercourse)
a. penetrar
They almost had sex, but he did not penetrate her.Casi tuvieron sexo, pero no la penetró.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to pierce)
a. penetrar
The submarine can penetrate into the depths of the ocean.El submarino puede penetrar en las profundidades del océano.
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penetrate
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (object, body, wall)
a. penetrar
2. (area, market, group)
a. penetrar en, adentrarse en
3. (enemy, rival group)
a. infiltrarse en
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (general)
a. penetrar
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penetrate [ˈpenɪtreɪt]
transitive verb
1 (go right through) [+skin, armour] penetrar (por); traspasar
2 (Mil) [+defences] infiltrar; penetrar; [+territory] penetrar en
3 (enter, infiltrate) [+organization] infiltrarse en; (Comm) [+market] introducirse en; entrar en
4 (understand) [+mystery] penetrar; [+sb's mind, thoughts] penetrar en
5 (during sex) penetrar
intransitive verb
(go right through) atravesar; (spread, permeate) [+idea, ideology] trascender; infiltrarse; (get inside) penetrar; (be understood) entrar; penetrar
to penetrate into [+territory] penetrar en; these ideas have penetrated into our everyday life estas ideas han trascendido a or se han infiltrado en nuestra vida cotidiana
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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